*Four candidates resign before final process
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elected a diplomat and former Secretary to Anambra State Government (SSG), Mr Oseloka Obaze, as its candidate for the Anambra governorship election which comes up 18th November.
Obaze was announced elected by the Governor Dave Umahi of Bayelsa State who conducted the election with his Awka Ibom counterpart, Emmanuel Udom.
He polled 672 votes to beat the duo of Dr Alex Obiogbolu and Mr Ifeanyi Ubah who scored 190 and 94 votes respectively. Two votes were declared invalid.
Of the seven aspirants running on the party’s platform, four had pulled out of the race shortly before the primary elections took place.
While Prof Ufodike announced his withdrawal without reason, pledging to support any of the aspirants that emerged, Prince John Emeka, a former minister had hours before the election withdrawn from the race, citing alterations in the delegates list of the party as reason for his action.
Two women who were also in the race, Senator Stella Oduah, a serving senator and former Aviation minister and Hon Linda Ikpeazu, a serving member of the House of representatives, backed down.
Obaze’s election came after over two weeks of high power politicking, characterised by intrigues among top politicians in the state, including former governor of the state, Mr Peter Obi, who is believed to have an anointed aspirant among the seven that contested for the ticket of the party.
As at the time of going to press, there are no protests from any of the candidates that took part in the process. If this sails through, the PDP will be angling to defeat the ruling APGA.